Activity Bus Registration Form & Schedule
Kindergarten Bus Guidelines
Limited Bus Routes (In case of inclement weather)
The Dieringer School District operates a fleet of 14 yellow buses plus one van for the transporting of students. Two of our buses have a wheelchair lift for transporting students with disabilities. We keep four of our older buses available as "spares" for use when field trips or maintenance requires back up vehicles. As of September 2011, the average age of buses in our active fleet is 12.5 years. Our fleet drives 100,000 miles per year and we transport on average, 920 students to school daily. We consume about 80 gallons of diesel fuel per day transporting students. That amounts to 165,000 student rides to school each morning and another 165,000 back home each afternoon, per year. That is a lot of rides to school!
One of the reasons we transport so many students is our rural roads and lack of sidewalks. For safety reasons, we do not want to have Dieringer students walking along the shoulders of our roads on their way to school. In some cases, students live just across the street or very close to a school, yet it is safer to transport them by bus than to have them walk. Safety is of utmost concern and students practice emergency exit drills three times per year with their bus driver. We have 2 mechanics, 14 drivers and 4 substitute drivers. One of our drivers also serves as our scheduler/router. Drivers attend an annual state approved bus driver in-service and must keep current with First Aid; they are required to have an annual DOT physical. Our regular drivers have a total of 147 years of experience driving school buses.